When I started blogging in 2009, my excitement over having a space of my own to voice my opinion kept me motivated to write. My writing may not have been very good, but I wrote. As time went on I realized it becomes harder and harder to consistently come up with creative and unique blogging ideas.
When I was a new blogger, I wasn’t writing for an audience, so anything I wrote was auto-published. Now that I have people who visit my blog, it is important for me to write things that interest them, things that inspire them to click the share button and tell their friends, but still hold personal importance.
I want to inspire my readers to come back and visit me again.
If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you can relate.
How to Come Up With Unique Blogging Ideas
Tricks that will work for you, too.
Get outside. No, really. A wise blogger once said stewing over finding the perfect writing topic would get me nowhere. She was right. Sitting around and waiting for an idea to hit me never worked, but going out and living my life almost always inspires something within me. Creativity doesn’t come from staring at your office wall, it comes from living and taking in everything around you.
Write down your thoughts…on paper. It is almost like clockwork that I’ll be laying in bed and an idea for a blog post will pop up in my head. Because of this I keep a post-it pack and pen on my nightstand, and jot down any idea that crosses my mind. This way, even if I later think it is a bad idea, I can continue thinking from a specific starting point. It also helps me not stress about forgetting it when I actually write it down. I’d like to share with you why I think this happens. When I’m laying in bed I’m not distracted by anything. This provides my mind time to process the events of the day, and that is almost always when inspiration hits. Having that quiet time is great for thinking, and you must think clearly to create lasting content.
Revisit an old post. Sometimes the best way to get over writers block is to revisit an old post you wrote, and write an update. Not only does this provide a link back to your original post, it will get your creativeness flowing. Not only will you be able to see where your thoughts and opinions have changed, but whatever topic it is might spark an idea to start your next post.
Write a list of 10 things you’re good at. Once you have your list, you now have ten posts. Write a how-to article or something similar. Not only does this highlight your strengths, it gives you an authority in the field and invites commentators. Naturally, it is always easier to write about something you know a lot about so this should be a piece of cake.
Lastly: stop doubting yourself. This is one of the biggest hurdles I’ve had to overcome while blogging. Taking a month to pick apart every word in a nearly perfect blog post led to never publishing anything. Don’t worry about your work being criticized unfairly. Unless you are always writing about extremely controversial topics, a read through or two to catch typos and double check readability and you’ll be good to go. Chances are there is someone out there who will love the words you put down.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get inspired!
How do you get inspired to write?